Thursday, September 16, 2010

Marvel Essentials Presents: Namor vs Daredevil

Today, let's look at the first Namor/Daredevil fight featured in Essential Daredevil Vol. 1.

The blind-but-not-really superhero Daredevil finds himself at odds with the super powered mutant Namor, the Sub-Mariner. For those not in the know, Daredevil's only super-power is that he has a radar-sense which lets him perfectly perceive his surroundings. He's also a super great acrobat and martial artist. Namor can fly, punch through walls, and has an entire underwater empire at his command. So what does a crafty tumbler do when faced with a top tier super-nobility?

So is “Namor by the ankles” the Marvel U equivalent of “tiger by the tail”? I hope so. I hope at some point Spider-Man fought Thanos and was sticking to his back where he couldn't reach and let out a big “I've certainly got this NAMOR by the ANKLES!” with an asterisk leading to a box that read “SEE DAREDEVIL ISSUE #7 MERRY MARVELONIANS! – SCRUPULOUS STAN”.

Daredevil jumps around for a bit longer until he's completely clocked by Namor. At which point, we learn that Daredevil had the right idea about going for the ankles. Only this time, he doesn't just go for the ankles...

...he goes for the heart. Namor likes Daredevil's spunk and decides to stop trashing New York and Daredevil goes back to pretending to be handicapped, if only for the sympathy and the parking spot. What a dick.

Illustrations from Essential Daredevil, Vol. 1 (Marvel Essentials)

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